North American Missing Persons Network
Trudy Leann Appleby

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Above Images: Appleby, circa 1996 Right; AP to age 30

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 21, 1996 from Moline, Illinois
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 4, 1984
  • Age: 11
  • Height: 4'8"
  • Weight: 75 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue/Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Clothing: Black bicycle stretch shorts, white socks
    and blue deck shoes.
  • NCIC Number: M-956021571
  • Case Number: NCMC822441

  • Details of Disappearance
    Appleby's father departed from their family's residence to report to work at approximately 9:00 AM on August 21, 1996 in Moline, Illinois. A neighbor saw Appleby enter a silver or gray box-style vehicle near their home at approximately 10:30 AM. The driver of the vehicle is described as being his twenties at the time with curly brown hair. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap. Neither Appleby nor her suspected abductor have been seen again.

    Authorities believe that Appleby may have known the vehicle's driver. Her family's residence was located off of the main road and was not visible from the street. She took a swimsuit and a towel before departing from her home. She left approximately $200 behind, which her father said she saved for an upcoming vacation. Appleby's parents believe that David Whipple, the father of one of her friends, was involved in her case. He was convicted of child molestation charges after Appleby vanished. Whipple took several of his family members to Credit Island near Davenport, Iowa on August 21. Appleby frequently accompanied Whipple's relatives to the river.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Moline Police Department
    (309) 797-0401

    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    Washington DC Office
    (202) 324-3000

    Source Information
    National Center For Missing and Exploited Children